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Dorset Garden Wedding | Katy & Mark

Dorset Garden Wedding | Katy & Mark

THE BEST GARDEN WEDDING PARTY EVER.

Katy and Mark got married last July at the home of Katy’s family friends, Southover House, which is a pretty grand 7 bedroom house in Tolpuddle with endless gardens and outdoor activities, Katy used to holiday here with her family when she was younger so it obviously held a lot of memories for her. It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve shot and even the rain didn’t dampen the day!

Getting ready

Katy got ready at the house with her girls, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. The window from the bedroom looked out over the ceremony area so we could see new guests arriving and the boys making finishing touches which added to the buzz. The boys were busy doing last minute organising and greeting guests – while, I expect, secretly praying the black cloud didn’t get any closer.

The outdoor ceremony

The ceremony was officiated by Katy’s brother in the gardens, which is actually where he himself got married too. With the beautiful backdrop of open Dorset countryside it’s the perfect setting for a wedding and the fact that there were so many family links and memories made it all the better. During the ceremony they had several readings, some emotional, some hilarious! It was so personal and really fun, I love it when I laugh and cry during the same ceremony! They also had a super talented friend of theirs sing for everyone which made Mark cry and in turn made Katy laugh!

The party

The reception was in a tipi in the gardens that had been decorated throughout with wildflowers. It looked absolutely incredible and they did a really excellent job of creating laidback chic! It was a total DIY wedding, which I really enjoy as there are so many personal elements to photograph and you get to know the couple’s little quirks.

We’d had such a roasting hot summer, and this day started out that way, but by the end of the ceremony the wind had arrived which made for an epic first kiss photo. Katy then lost her veil to the wind down by the lake! We made it back to the tipi just as the rain came, and oh WOW did it rain! There were a few hairy moments during the speeches where I think we were all wondering if the tipi was going to collapse under all the water but it held up! We literally had all the weathers that day. except snow actually, there was no snow.

For dinner they used Flaming Peaches, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was x rated, and they finished off the evening with sparklers and a silent disco. The party is generally my favourite part of the day but this party was something else. The music from Music for London was absolutely brilliant, got everyone on the dance floor and played the best songs! Katy & Mark’s friend who had sung during the ceremony had another go with the band too which went down a storm with everyone.

The couple

Katy wore a Charlie Brear dress and Mark wore his own suit and they looked so sytlish. Katy’s pants were an unknown brand but they had a pussy cat’s face on so… THAT’S AWESOME.

Katy and Mark’s wedding had such a chilled vibe and was so much fun. Here’s their awesome wedding!

Oh, and if you’re planning a garden wedding, get in touch!

Suppliers (in Katy’s words!)

  • Hair Salon Sapphire Styling – Wendy Peart
  • Dress Designer Charlie Brear
  • Bridesmaids Dresses Asos
  • Tuxes/Suits Whatever they already have
  • Bride’s shoes um…. new look…..
  • Groom’s shoes No clue
  • Jewellery Maybe but nothing expensive!
  • Flowers There is a Pick your own farm in Sherborne called Black Shed Farm
  • Lighting Probably fairy lights?
  • Entertainment Music for London
  • Alcohol Hopefully lots. Grape juice, pints and then BYOB for the after the party
  • Caterers Flaming Peaches
  • Accommodation People are glamping at the venue – Victoria Lily Events.
  • Cake My Mum’s friend – Mark is in charge of cake decoration which he is very excited about….
  • Decor Just flowers
  • Tables/LinensWe are not posh enough for table cloths
  • Invitations & Stationery Using the office printer / guillotine when everyone from work has gone home.

Beth’s Prom Family Portrait Session

Beth’s Prom Family Portrait Session

Do you remember your school prom?  I do… I was SOOOO nervous!  I went and met a gang of pals and headed down all dressed in our best and completely unprepared for the emotions that were about to hit us with the realisation that the end of our school years was upon us! 

I WISH we had done this.  I can’t tell you how much I would love to look back at photos of that night now.  The end of an era and the beginning of growing up. 

Luckily, gorgeous Beth did! And here they all are.

 

Colourful wedding at Charisworth Farm | Claudia & Jamie

Colourful wedding at Charisworth Farm | Claudia & Jamie

IF YOU LOVE COLOUR THEN YOU’LL ADORE THIS FESTIVAL THEMED WEDDING!

Claudia and Jamie got married at the lovely Charisworth Farm, Dorset, last summer. It was a super fun festival wedding, with so much colour everywhere and Chinese takeaway for dinner!

Prep

Jamie got ready at the pub with some friends and family. He wore a Moss Bross suit, and looked really dapper and there was enough time for some japey group photos!

Claudia got ready at home with her bridesmaids, and some family, and there was such a calm vibe. She wore a Justin Alexander dress, and looked so beautiful. Her Gran and Jamie’s mum helped her get ready into her dress which I thought was really touching.

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in the woodland area at Charisworth Farm which was so awesome, because it was a beautiful sunny day. The ceremony began with a beautiful reading, and finished with them walking down the aisle and being showered with colourful confetti. It was a romantic ceremony, full of private smiles and nervous giggles.

After the ceremony, I left the couple to mingle, which was the perfect time for me to get candid photos. Then we went for couples portraits, which was so much fun. I got some lovely portrait photos in the forest and we had a little wander through the neighbouring fields. The weather was all sunshine and blue skies, which must have been such a relief after planning an outdoor ceremony.

The reception

Claudia and Jamie chose to have their wedding at Charisworth Farm because it has so many options, and they could camp! They both love Glastonbury and so wanted to have that sort of chilled festival vibe and I think they pulled it off brilliantly. Charisworth Farm is basically a big field, and it’s got such a happy feel to it, and there’s something about the woodland where the ceremony took place that feels really magical.

For the reception, the couple had set up lawn games and a mobile bar for their guests, and everyone really enjoyed it. Everyone was then called in for dinner, which was a Chinese takeaway! What a great idea! Who doesn’t love takeaway?! They finished the meal off with speeches, which were really funny. even Jamie’s childhood bear took part!

The evening

After the meal was finished, the band started up and the party got started. The hats and glitter table were also a real hit, nothing you want more after a few drinks that a bit of a dress up!

I loved this colourful festival themed wedding so much. If you’re getting married and looking for a fun wedding photographer, get in touch. Hope you’ve enjoyed the photos!

Dorset Beach Pre Wedding Session

Dorset Beach Pre Wedding Session

A fun Dorset beach pre wedding session

Today we have Liz & James at a GORGEOUS Dorset beach for their pre wedding session.  We’re so lucky in Dorset to have so many beautiful beach spots to choose from but Lulworth Cove is definitely a favourite of mine, it’s got the perfect mix of backdrops to make for an interesting pre wedding session!  Wonder if you can get married there…

Anyway, Liz and James were perfect fun as you can see, I’m especially proud of getting James smiling as he apparently hates smiling in photos – I don’t let people get away with that hey nonny no no.  So we played some games, had a nice chat, had lots of laughs and generally got excited about their wedding!

Here are the fruits of my labour – hope you like them! I actually had a Freudian slip there and put “hope you like me” #needy.  Anyway – look out for their wedding photos coming up on the blog soon too.